Announcing the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018 Longlist

A paper cut of the Roman goddess of wisdom Minerva with the words Bath Children's Novel AwardWe are delighted to announce the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018 longlist.

Extracts and synopses of novels for children and young adults were submitted from 5th June to 2nd December 2018. Since the closing date our reading team of Junior Judges, editors and former winning or shortlisted writers have been voting for the novels they would be most excited to read in full.

During the Christmas holidays the fulls of longlisted novels will be read and shortlisted by twenty Junior Judges aged six to seventeen. 

2018 judge HILARY DELAMERE of The Agency will then choose this year’s £2,500 winning novel to be announced at a reception here in Bath on 28th February 2019.

One longlisted writer will also win a place worth £1,800 on Cornerstones Literary Consultancy’s Edit Your Novel the Professional Way

A record 791 children’s novels were submitted by writers in 28 countries. Entry standards were also particularly high and this is our longest list to date at 33 titles strong. 

Longlisted writers are from Australia, Canada, Germany, North America and the UK. Eight are returning longlistees: 6 with revised drafts and 2 with a new manuscript. 

Middle grade entries outnumbered young adult  by 55:45 with a notable uplift in submission numbers for readers aged ten to twelve. Genre-wise, fantasy dominated entry numbers across all age groups apart from under nines where humour and adventure represented over half the submissions. The standard of YA submissions was exceptionally competitive, with a notable rise in speculative novels. 

As our judges read “blind” we’ll be keeping the longlisted writers’ identities under wraps until the winning novel has been announced on 28th February 2019. In the meantime, huge congratulations to the writers of these 33 standout titles:


The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2018 Longlist


A Body
A Patchwork of Glass
Blood Gifts
Blood Moon
Book of Destinies
Clementine Florentine
Daniel Strange & The Prime Minister's P.L.O.P
For Never was a Story
In Just One Day
Keeper of the Corpse Flowers
Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen
Pim and the Ghost Stone
School for Nobodies
Storm Glass
The Agency's Last Case
The Badly Born
The Door in the Dark
The Eternals
The Fallen Warrior
The Girl on the Floodplain
The Glass Hotel
The Map of Lost Lands
The Money Trees
The Secret Keeper
The Skeleton and the Bard
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates
The Thief of Whytewinter
The Unadoptables
Three Quarters: The Trouble with Secrets


The Bath Children’s Novel Award shortlist will be announced at noon GMT on January 15th 2019.